Housing is Out of Reach
NLIHC's annual report, Out of Reach, documents the gap between wages and the price of housing across the United States. The report's Housing Wage is an estimate of the hourly wage that a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest and safe rental home with spending more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utility costs.
Millions of Americans struggle to find affordable rents.
In order to afford a modest, two-bedroom apartment in the U.S., renters need to earn a wage of $20.30 per hour. In six states and the District of Columbia they need to earn more than $25 per hour. The Housing Wage for a two-bedroom unit is $13.05 higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and $4.88 higher than the estimated average wage of $15.42 earned by renters nationwide.
Find Data for Your Locality
Use the interactive map on nlihc.org/oor to access state and local data. Various items are included with for each state.